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Rural Living: Why Are Young Families Heading Beyond Suburbia?

  • November 15, 2018

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Rural Living: Why Are Young Families Heading Beyond Suburbia?

Young couples wanting to start a family are leaving the cities they once so heartily cherished.

And where are they heading?

Many of them are sticking to the suburban lifestyle but almost as many are heading onto greener pastures.

Let's explore the reasons young families prefer rural living in today's contributed post.

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What's so great about rural living?

What’s beyond suburbia for young families?

Rural living.

Quiet towns and cities, where there isn’t a high population, more choice of schools, cheaper homes, a slower lifestyle and more space.

Many experts have said this is the full swing of things because for around 50 years or more this has been set in motion. The older generation grew up in suburban towns and cities but many also grew up in the countryside.

Their children went off and slowly begin to heavily populate the suburbs until the cities grew and grew that the suburbs become urban.

So many youngsters have opted to go and live in the city for their work and their preferred lifestyle.

Yet when they do wish to create a family and perhaps even decide that they want something more in life, a place to call their own and live the way they really want to as they get older, wealthier and seniors in their industries the quiet towns and more remote locations are becoming increasingly enticing.

What are the differences between urban, suburban and rural communities?

Cities are fantastic for work opportunities and to advance your career as many of the biggest companies are situated in highly populated cities around the country and world.

It makes perfect sense to move to the city when you’re a bachelor and wish to make a name for yourself in your respective industry.

Yet when you are trying to settle down and start a family, having kids in a high human traffic zone isn’t the best option.

Not to mention there is more danger in cities with higher crime rates. The cost of living in a major city is obscene compared to living in the suburbs or the quiet towns in the countryside.

The rent prices and property prices are 2 to 5 times that of anything you’ll find in the suburbs where homes are more affordable and very often offer you much more space.

Moving out to the suburbs is something many generations have done. Here you have more choice of schools and educational options for young children with learning disabilities.

The travel to and from work might be a bit longer in distance but actually shorter time because there are fewer traffic jams, less disruption to public transport and easier access to airports and trains.

Another thing young families are starting to care about is the quiet life in general. Living in a city you’re surrounded by noise all the time, but when you move out and realize the meaning of peace and quiet, you begin to love privacy and being able to hear the wind and wildlife even more. That's why the option for rural living is so appealing for young families.

The process is easier

You should always double check what kind of property you’re buying and you can get a gist of this judging by how complex the process is.

A lot of the time in high-rise buildings and inner-city housing, the process is long because the government is involved in some way shape or form.

Public housing is controlled by the government and even if you buy an apartment in a public housing building, you are still subject to the laws of the building.

It's a strange paradox which gets complicated when it comes to the legal paperwork. You do own your own home but if the housing market is subsidized by the government or it is one of the public assets, then you aren’t technically owning your own home.

You have merely bought a property which cannot be changed unless you get a government approval rather than a clearance.

However for a quiet city like Aurora in Colorado, as you can see on the process is easier.

Putting the down payment into the home secures it, you then sort out your mortgage which will be flexible and offer lower rates or you can buy it outright.

Your credit score will be factored in, but again since the housing market is not as competitive here as in the city or dense suburbs you are more likely to work something out. You can get a pre-approved mortgage instead, further signifying how flexible this market can be.

A better environment

Even if you love the city, when you come out to the quieter parts of the country you start to relax more. There’s simply no rush and life are taken in a more laid-back manner.

Traffic is lower and you can travel further in less time than if you were in the city. The open road itself garners a sense of freedom and being able to decide on how and when you travel rather than sticking to someone else’s time schedule.

The green countryside, access to hills and mountains and trails in the local forests and parks allow you to appreciate wildlife and nature. That's rural living at its best.

The concrete jungle may be beautiful at times but it doesn’t hold a candle to the natural beauty of a river or a misty mountain you can see out the back of your kitchen.

It's also a better environment in which to raise children. They will have more room for themselves not just in the home, but in the garden and town itself.

There are simply fewer people in the suburbs and quiet towns, so there’s more of a community feeling. The roads are usually a lot cleaner, there is common courtesy exchanged by strangers, the law is more respected and respectful, and local businesses value every customer they get.

Overall it's a better place for a growing family and couples that have had enough of the fast-paced life of the city.

Can anyone blame young couples wanting to start a family out in the suburbs or consider rural living?

You have more privacy, more space, quieter neighborhoods, more respectful people, access to wildlife and nature and cheaper house prices to boot. You can take things slower and learn to enjoy life rather than rush all the time as you would in the city.